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Research and Publications Database

The NRFSN research and publications database leads users to regionally relevant fire science. There are nearly 4,000 documents, which have been carefully categorized by the NRFSN to highlight topics and ecosystems important in the Northern Rockies Region. Categorized resources include records from the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).

Note: Additional Northern Rockies fire research is available from our Webinar & Video Archive, which provides access to webinars, videos, podcasts, and seminars.

Hints: By default, the Search Terms box reads and searches for terms as if there were AND operators between them. To search for one or more terms, use the OR operator. Use quotation marks around phrases or to search for exact terms. To maximize the search function, use the Search Terms box for other information (e.g. author(s), date, species of interest, additional fire topics) together with the topic, ecosystem, and/or resource type terms from the lists. Additional information is available in our documents on topics, ecosystems, and types.

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In arid and semiarid ecosystems, invasion by exotic grasses may be driving state changes in vegetation defined by losses of native shrub communities. Changes in wildfire regimes and fall precipitation timing related to climate change may promote fluctuations in resource availability that reinforces invasion and state changes in...
Author(s): Tara B. B. Bishop, Baylie C. Nusink, Rebecca Lee Molinari, Justin B. Taylor, Samuel B. St. Clair
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Runoff increases after wildfires that burn vegetation and create a condition of soil-water repellence (SWR). A new post-fire watershed hydrological model, PFHydro, was created to explicitly simulate vegetation interception and SWR effects for four burn severity categories: high, medium, low severity and unburned. The model was...
Author(s): Jun Wang, Michelle A. Stern, Vanessa M. King, Charles N. Alpers, Nigel W.T. Quinn, Alan L. Flint, Lorraine E. Flint
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Altered climate and changing fire regimes are synergistically impacting forest communities globally, resulting in deviations from historical norms and creation of novel successional dynamics. These changes are particularly important when considering the stability of a keystone species such as quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx...
Author(s): Susan K. McIlroy, Douglas J. Shinneman
Year Published: 2020
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfire, a primary natural disturbance in many forests, affects soil nutrient availability and spatial distributions of forest plants. However, post-fire changes in soil nutrients and spatial patterns of understory environments at fine scales are poorly understood. Here, we characterized spatial patterns of soil nitrogen...
Author(s): Jian-jian Kong, Jian Yang, Bo Liu, Lin Qi
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Under conditions of increased fire season length and area affected by fire, stocks of carbon stored in forests are at increased risk of burning. While much research has investigated the immediate loss of above ground and below ground carbon stocks through combustion during a fire, there has been little research on subsequent organic...
Author(s): E. Stirling, Lynne M. Macdonald, Ron J. Smernik, T. R. Cavagnaro
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Whitebark pine populations are declining nearly range-wide, primarily from the exotic fungal pathogen that causes white pine blister rust (WPBR). Climate change is expected to exacerbate these declines by decreasing climatically suitable areas. Planting WPBR-resistant seedlings is a key restoration action, but it is costly, time...
Author(s): Elizabeth R. Pansing, Diana F. Tomback
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
An automated disk infiltrometer was developed to improve the measurements of soil hydraulic properties (saturated hydraulic conductivity and sorptivity) of soils affected by wildfire. Guideline are given for interpreting curves showing cumulative infiltration as a function of time measured by the autodisk. The autodisk was used to...
Author(s): John A. Moody, Richard G. Martin, Brian A. Ebel
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
In this study, we aim to advance the optimization of daily large fire containment strategies for ground-based suppression resources by leveraging fire risk assessment results commonly used by fire managers in the western USA. We begin from an existing decision framework that spatially overlays fire risk assessment results with pre-...
Author(s): Yu Wei, Matthew P. Thompson, Joe H. Scott, Christopher D. O'Connor, Christopher J. Dunn
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Wildfires strongly affect soils, including iron biogeochemical cycling and carbon storage. Thus, it is important to reveal the dynamics of iron oxide synthesis and transformations during and after a wildfire. This study investigates the temporal stability of strongly magnetic minerals appearing after a wildfire. Following a designed...
Author(s): Neli Jordanova, Diana Jordanova, Antonia Mokreva, Daniel Ishlyamski, Bozhurka Georgieva
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article
Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson & C. Lawson) is a prominent tree species in forests of the western United States. Wildfire activity in ponderosa pine dominated or co-dominated forests has increased dramatically in recent decades, with these recent wildfires often burning in an uncharacteristic manner due to past land...
Author(s): Julie E. Korb, Paula J. Fornwalt, Camille Stevens-Rumann
Year Published: 2019
Type: Document : Book or Chapter or Journal Article

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These resources are compiled in partnership with the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), Fire Research and Management Exchange System (FRAMES), and Fire Effects Information System (FEIS).